Day in history for May 5, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We are informed that some persons who visit the grave yards are accustomed to pluck twigs and buds from the shrubbery and rose bushes around the graves. We hope we shall not be obliged to publish the names of those who thus treat the graves of the dead.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It being Sunday, Rev. T.H. Hench officiated morning and evening at the Broadway Presbyterian Church.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. John P. Looney died at the family residence, 1635 20th St., Rock Island, last night. She was born in Ireland and was 40 years old. She was married in 1892 to John P. Looney and came to Rock Island with her husband in 1899.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Charles E. Johnson, sales manager for the local division of the Rock Island Plow Co., resigned. He was replaced by W.T. O'Hare.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The location of Davenport's proposed new television station still was in doubt after strong opposition developed at a city zoning commission hearing. Property owners appeared in force at the hearing on Zenith Corporation's application to build a station on the west side of Lincoln Ave. between 10th and 11th St.

1978 -- 25 years ago
East Moline residents who live on corner lots where hedges and other foliage stand tall had better prime their hedge clippers. Aldermen voted 7-5 to draw up an ordinance limiting the height of hedges and other obstacles near street corners to three feet.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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